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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jul 21, 2013 12:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Importance of Attending a Show: Part II

bus ride to the Watkins Glen stage for their free July 27, 1973 soundcheck jam bonus show
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— "the jam (track 10) on July 27, 1973 is required listening" for serious Deadheads —
porta-potty line forms up after "IT" happened at the Watkins Glen soundcheck jam
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"IT & Shitting" — Watkins Glen fans take the "biggest shit in America"

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Many historians claimed that the Watkins Glen event was the largest gathering of people in the history of the United States, about 600,000. In essence, that meant that on July 27 and 28, one out of every 350 people living in America at the time was listening to the sounds of Grateful Dead at this New York state racetrack. Considering that most of those who attended the event hailed from the Northeast, and that the average age of those present was approximately seventeen to twenty-four, close to one out of every three young people from Boston to New York was at the festival — including myself.

This was the biggest venue Grateful Dead ever played. 600,000 music fans invaded this small upstate NY town of 2000. All I remember about going there and "attending" are 2 things: the incredible journey it was getting there from the NJ-NYC area; and that I was in survival mode for the whole event. I drove my car there with some friends. The main body of my NJ deadhead friends rented a huge motorhome, and they drove it up there. Then they proceeded to trash it. I believe I helped them out with that. The rest of the shit, as they say, is history.

• Here's a page out of my Taper's Handbook: Watkins Glen — July 27 and 28, 1973



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Poster: user unknown Date: Jan 20, 2013 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Importance of Attending a Show: Part II

the "biggest shit in America""

wasn't that Altamont

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jan 20, 2013 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Importance of Attending a Show: Part II

c'mon Bill... according to wikipedia: The Altamont Speedway Free Festival was an infamous rock concert held on Saturday, December 6, 1969, at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. Approximately 300,000 people attended the concert, and some anticipated that it would be a "Woodstock West."

not to mention, Hunter Seamons matrixed the free Watkins Glen soundcheck bonus show:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-07-27.mtx.seamons.100410.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jan 21, 2013 5:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Importance of Attending a Show: Part II

It seems I may have mis-interpreted your use of "shit". In fact, my interpretaition may have been the polar opposite of yours.

You meant "the shit", but I meant "shit".

This post was modified by user unknown on 2013-01-22 01:50:17

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 21, 2013 9:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Importance of Attending a Show: Part II

Hahahaha! This thread got me watching George Carlin for 45 minutes. Thanks, I'm never too busy for George.:)

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jan 22, 2013 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Importance of Attending a Show: Part II

"Have you ever noticed that their stuff is shit and your shit is stuff? "

http://tinyurl.com/bx9brwh